I am captivated by the interactions between organisms and how features of one can stimulate a response in another. I study this through the lens of the host-microbe interaction using a synthesis of techniques and approaches from cell biology, microbiology, immunology, development, genetics, and more. My Ph.D. thesis work in the lab of Dr. David Tobin has centered around the host angiogenesis response, which is the process by which new blood vessels emerge from the existing vascular bed to provide additional oxygen to sites of damage. This is a sophisticated and widespread phenomenon that occurs in solid tumor cancers, in response to wounds and burns, in a variety of autoimmune disorders, and in infectious diseases. Notably, this process of angiogenesis has been described in the context of human tuberculosis for many decades, but until recently very little has been done to understand the functional consequences of these new blood vessels that grow to encase the granuloma that surrounds the bacteria.